October 21, 2018

Web Design Degree

UAT Alumni Launch Jetstreame Studios


Alumni Godric Johnson, James Richards and Davion Hellstrom have started a game studio called Jetstreame Studios that’s focused on mobile games for Android and iOS. The team have launched three Kickstarter campaigns for three separate games in development for mobile platforms. Use the links below to check out their Kickstarter campaigns and contribute if you can! Dragon Drop Train Hopper Crush Hour You can also find Jetstreame on Facebook. Related PostsGlobal Game Jam Winners: ‘Transmissions’ Well Received UAT is Host to 2018 Phoenix Global Game Jam Innovation From Day 1: Provost Challenge The Life of a Game Producer Featuring Alumni…

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Create a jQuery Website in a Day

jQuery and HTML5 are taking over the web. The combination of both make it so easy to create dynamic websites that look like the heavier Flash websites of the past. Base Creative UK has set up a website with a great tutorial on how to create a jQuery website in less than a day. Using the jQuery Javascript Library, jQuery UI Widgets, and some jQuery syntax, you can create a nice looking website that can be built upon. Check out the tutorial on the jQuery Site In A Day website. Link to this post!

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Google Using Copyright Removals in Page Rank

Google has announced their search results algorithm this week will start taking into consideration copyright renewal notices. According to Amit Singhal, Google’s SVP of Engineering, “Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results.” That means Google is once again cracking down on duplicate content across the web. Google has been processing 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days which have been submitted as having copyright infringement. Singhal says they “We will now be using this data as a signal in our search rankings.” Of course, Google cannot decide whether or not a webpage copyright…

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Yahoo! Selects Google’s Marissa Mayer as CEO

Marissa Mayer Yahoo

Yahoo! has selected 37-year-old Marissa Mayer as their fifth CEO in 4 years. Mayer could be a perfect fit for Yahoo!, who has struggled to find a focus that will make the company profitable again. Mayer was Google’s 20th employee, and first woman engineer. Yahoo! hopes Mayer’s experience in software engineering, product and user experience design will make Yahoo! relevant again as a technology company, rather than the media company which former CEO Terry Semel turned it into. Mayer’s first priority at Yahoo! might be to make Yahoo! Mail more secure by adding HTTPS connections. Yahoo! also needs to focus on several of their popular…

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Blade Runner at London Olympics

Oscar Pistorius

Double-amputee sprint runner, nicknamed “Blade Runner” after the shape of his carbon-fiber prosthetic limbs, will compete in the London 2012 Olympics. Pistorius, who will represent South Africa in the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay events, failed to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He will also compete in this Summer’s Paralympics. Setting aside the sheer level of athleticism it takes anybody to make an Olympic team, Pistorius’ achievement is notable for another, more controversial reason: some people, the International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF, among them, believe his prostheses give him an unfair competitive advantage because the material caused…

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Developer Edition of Google Glasses Priced at $1,500

The much-anticipated augmented reality eyeglasses just got a little closer to the consumer market with Google’s announcement at the IO 2012 conference that the Project Glass Explorer Edition will be available to select developers for $1,500, with a ship date sometime next year. It is hoped that these developers will aid Google’s Project Glass effort in determining innovative uses for the product. While consumer needs will vary across markets, it seems certain skydivers will be among the first to line up for consumer editions. Link to this post!

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New gTLD Applications Revealed From ICANN


Yesterday ICANN revealed applications from about 500 companies for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that could devalue the coveted .com extension and open up a barrage of legal issues. The close to 2,000 domains, also referred to as strings, look like .aaa, .hotels, or .ibm. If you notice, there’s no need for an extension such as .com or .net because the gTLDs are essentially the same thing — except anyone can purchase them. But before you plan on buying .yourname you might want to know how much the gTLDs cost. A single string such as .canon costs $185,000 plus…

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Klout Measures Your Social Influence


If you haven’t tried Klout yet, it’s addictive. Klout provides a score based on your social influence using the sites you interact with such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google +. The Klout Score ranges from 0-100, with 0 meaning you have no influence, or haven’t provided Klout links to any of your social profiles. When you sign up for Klout, the software will ask you to sign-in to any social sites you belong to. Depending on your score, the Klout may advise you “to engage more with others or be more active to gain influence.” Simply put, the…

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Google Penguin Update – Quality Still Rules

While Google isn’t revealing exactly what their new Penguin update has done in terms of page ranking, it’s pretty clear that quality content still rules. “Focus on creating high quality sites that create a good user experience,” said Google’s Matt Cutts in an announcement of the search update which appears to be heavily targeted at web spam. Much like the Panda update last year the update also seems to give fresh content more weight, while penalizing sites that keyword stuff, cloak, and make use of “black hat” SEO tactics. Cutts also talked about duplicate content which can be seen as…

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SEO: What To Do With Duplicate Content

Google’s search algorithm looks down upon duplicate content. So what do you do if you have multiple pages with duplicate content? Google’s WebMaster blog clues you in to several different methods of addressing duplicate content. Check out the options below and choose which method suits you best. Use 301s: If you’ve restructured your site, use 301 redirects (“RedirectPermanent”) in your .htaccess file to smartly redirect users, Googlebot, and other spiders. (In Apache, you can do this with an .htaccess file; in IIS, you can do this through the administrative console.) Be consistent: Try to keep your internal linking consistent. For…

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